By Rev. Nathan Wilson, IndyStar.com
Ramadan, which will begin this year on July 9, is an especially important month in the Islamic calendar because it is believed to be the month when the first verses of the Koran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, thus bestowing the revelations of God on humanity.
By Charlie Savage, The New York Times
WASHINGTON -- Four Central Intelligence Agency officers were embedded with the New York Police Department in the decade after Sept. 11, 2001, including one official who helped conduct surveillance operations in the United States, according to a newly disclosed C.I.A. inspector general's report.
That officer believed there were "no limitations" on his activities, the report said, because he was on an unpaid leave of absence, and thus exempt from the prohibition against domestic spying by members of the C.I.A.
Nathan Lean, Napa Valley Register
During the last weekend in July, The Kolbe Academy, a Catholic homeschool program located in Napa, will host a conference in Sacramento where educators and home school instructors will gather to discuss how they can "engage the culture in a year of faith."
Mas'ood Cajee is a Muslim man in a mostly Christian city, county, state, country.
On the eve of the first program to show another side of his roots and his Islamic faith, Monday's showing of the film "Koran by Heart," Cajee didn't first consider the possibility of educating the uninformed.
By the Editorial Board, The New York Times, 6/23/2013
The revelation in 2011 that the New York City Police Department was spying on law-abiding Muslims rightly attracted scrutiny from the Justice Department, which announced last year that it intended to review the program. The disclosure also raised troubling questions about whether the city was violating a federal court order that bars it from retaining information gleaned from investigations of political activity unless there are reasonable indications of potential wrongdoing. The purpose of that order was to discourage unjustified surveillance and prevent police from peering into people’s private affairs and building dossiers on them without legitimate cause.
Doug Stanglin and Michael Winter, USA TODAY
A Ku Klux Klansman working for General Electric and an accomplice are facing terrorism charges in Upstate New York for allegedly planning to build a mobile X-ray weapon to kill Muslims and other "enemies of Israel," federal authorities announced Wednesday.
"What's your name, Obama?" a young man asks a Middle Eastern-looking deli clerk.
By Nathan Lean, Manchester Times
Last Tuesday evening, anti-Muslim hate reared its ugly head on Hospitality Boulevard. At the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center, a group of several hundred gathered to protest a public forum on Muslim civil liberties sponsored by the American Muslim Advisory Council of Tennessee (AMAC). The demonstration, though, was not hospitable but characterized by vulgar outbursts, insults, and hostility towards a faith group that has increasingly come under fire in the Volunteer state and throughout the country.
By Faiza Patel and Amos Toh, News and Observer, 6/7/2013
This week, the Concerned Women for America of NC -- a conservative group with a history of anti-Muslim incitement -- briefed North Carolina's legislature on the phantom threat that Islamic laws and customs (commonly referred to as "sharia") pose to the American legal system. This briefing came on the heels of House Bill 695, a ban on foreign law that was approved by the House last month.
By Deron Lee, Columbia Journalism Review, 6/7/13
FAIRWAY, KS -- For more than three years, lawmakers in Kansas, Missouri, and a host of other states have been pushing bills to prohibit the use of Islamic law--commonly referred to as Sharia--in US courts. There are a lot of serious questions one might ask about this anti-Sharia campaign, but among journalists, the bills have most often provoked incredulous, derisive, and sardonic responses: Is this really happening?
Pam Sohn, The Times Free Press, 6/6/13
I can count only two times I've ever been embarrassed to be Southern or Tennessean.
The first was when I was a child and George Wallace was grandstanding on television with a crowd of toothless and drawling supporters around him. I thought: Oh, no, now the whole country will think none of us have teeth.
CAIR-SFBA has received a disturbing report from Antioch, Calif., about an attack on a Muslim woman who wears a headscarf and South Asian attire. The woman was walking in a public area during daylight hours when an assailant reportedly suffering from mental delusions punched her and stabbed her multiple times.
Craig Considine, Huffington Post
On May 27th, Americans will celebrate Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for the men and women who have died fighting in the United States armed forces. On this Memorial Day, I want to draw attention to the Muslim Americans who have died in battle for the United States. In doing so I hope to honor the Muslim American community for the sacrifices they have made for their country.